David Robertson

Professor of Geography and Sustainability Studies, Department Chair
Bailey 228

David Robertson has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1999

Dr Robertson

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Geography (2001), University of Oklahoma

  • BA Geography (1992), University of Calgary

  • BSc. Psychology (1989), University of Calgary


  • SJ Tulowiecki, D Robertson, CPS Larsen, 2020. "Oak savannas in western New York State, circa 1795: synthesizing predictive spatial models and historical accounts to understand environmental and native American influences." Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110:1: 184-204

  • Robertson, D., Larsen, C.P.S., and Tulowiecki, S.J. 2018. "Forest Land-Use Legacy Research Exhibits Aspects of Critical Physical Geography" in Handbook of Critical Physical Geography, R. Lave, C. Biermann, and S. Lane eds. (London: Palgrave) pp. 227-248.

  • Robertson, D., C.P.S. Larsen and S.J. Tulowiecki. 2016 Collaborative Research: RUI: Assessing the environmental and human drivers and cultural dimensions of changes in oak forests of the eastern United States. NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS). Awarded: $232,099 USD

  • Robertson, David. 2010. "Identity and the Post-Mining Landscape: Observations from the American Mining Town." In Bergbau Folge Landschaft/Post Mining Landscapes. Oliver Hamm and Christiana Gräwe eds. (Berlin: Jovis-Verlag) pp. 144-149.

  • Robertson, David. 2009. Canadian Studies and American Geography: Trends and Issues. The Canadian Geographer. 53:1:100-112.

  • Robertson, David. 2006. Hard as the Rock Itself: Place and Identity in the American Mining Town. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado).

  • Robertson, David 2005. Cultural Landscape Preservation and Public History in Cokedale, Colorado. In Preserving Western History, Andrew Gulliford ed. 2005. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press) pp. 366-380.

  • Robertson, David. 2000. Heaps of History: Toluca and the Historic Longwall Mining District. Journal of Illinois History. 3:3:162-184.

  • Robertson, David. 1999. Beyond Twister: The Geography of Recreational Storm Chasing on the Southern Plains. Geographical Review. 89:4:533-553.

  • Robertson, David. 1996. Oil Derricks and Corinthian Columns: The Industrial Transformation of the Oklahoma State Capitol Grounds. Journal of Cultural Geography. 16:1:17-44.

More About Me


  • Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Place and Identity
  • Landscape History


  • GEOG 300: Environment & Nat Resource Mng

    This course traces the evolution of environmentalism: a concern for the natural environment. The goal is to understand the various philosophies, scientific positions, and methods by which society has attempted to deal with environmental problems and natural resource issues. Central focus is given to the concepts and practices of conservation, preservation, and natural resource management. Where these environmental perspectives come from, where they are going and how they apply to contemporary environmental problems are questions explored in this course.

  • GEOG 474: Geographic Thought Senior Sem

    A senior seminar course surveying the history of geographic thought, exploring present trends in the geography discipline, and investigating opportunities for future study and/or professional careers. Students will gain an understanding of the nature and breadth of the geography discipline and prepare themselves for an enriching and rewarding life beyond Geneseo.

  • XLRN 101: Topic: Letchworth Experience

    This course combines a multi-day pre-semester experience connected to the rich natural and cultural environments of New York with fall semester academic exploration of issues relevant to the course topic. Place-Based Learning programs are intended for students new to the college and are designed to introduce academic content and help students with adjustment to the academic environment at SUNY Geneseo. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. S/U grading. Credits: 1 (0-2) Offered every fall.